Friday February 21, 2020

Women At Higher Risk of Spine Surgery Than Men

Experts in spinal surgeries from across the world have gathered at the 32nd Annual Conference of Association of Spine Surgeons of India (ASSICON) being held here.

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Neurosurgeons and specialists in spine surgery have said that women have a higher risk of spinal cord deformities due to osteoporosis.

Experts in spinal surgeries from across the world have gathered at the 32nd Annual Conference of Association of Spine Surgeons of India (ASSICON) being held here.

Talking to IANS, Dr. Subir N Jhaveri, the secretary of ASSICON said, “Due to more prevalence of osteoporosis in women, there is a 10 per cent more chance of spinal deformities in females than in males.”

He was talking on the sidelines of the event which has the theme ‘Controversies and Complications in Spine Surgery’, where over 500 delegates are participating in the four-day event which started on Thursday.

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Neurosurgeons and specialists in spine surgery have said that women have a higher risk of spinal cord deformities due to osteoporosis. Pixabay

Many of them have come from the USA, Canada, Turkey, Korea and Japan. The conference will see discussions on various topics on the spine including degenerative, trauma, osteoporosis, infections, tumours as well as spinal deformity.

“There are about 1000 spine surgeons in India. In Gujarat around 200 to 250 spine surgeries are carried out annually and approximately 15 per cent of them are of the minimal invasion surgery, while the rest are open surgeries,” said Dr. A. Niraj Vasavada, the Head of Department in a multi-specialty hospital.

“The major hindrance in surgeries for spinal deformity is the lack of awareness in the patients, who approach the surgeons at a very late stage when the deformity is at the maximum level making the surgery extremely difficult,” he said.

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“The minimal invasive surgery has a very high rate of success in improving and rectifying the deformity. But it requires modern technology with the latest equipment which makes it an expensive one, but still we carry out such surgeries sometimes at negligible cost like 1.5 to 2 lakh due to the patient’s financial condition and philanthropy from our side. This is just around 5 to 10 per cent of what it costs in advanced countries,” said Dr. Amit C. Jhala, Chairperson of the ASSICON 2019.

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The conference will serve as a platform to share knowledge and experiences of renowned spine surgeons. There are around 50 surgeons participating in the conference from government institutions like the All India Institute of Medical Sciences and also from other state government institutions.

Besides the conference, the association has also organised a trade show to showcase the best and the latest medical treatment, equipment, solutions and services in spinal surgery.(IANS)

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Higher Fruits and Vegetables Intake Beneficial for Women: Health Researchers

Higher fruits intake linked to fewer menopausal symptoms

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A healthy diet, rich in fruits and vegetables is known to benefit the human body in so many ways. Pixabay

A healthy diet, rich in fruits and vegetables is known to benefit the human body in so many ways, as now health and lifestyle researchers have found that it may also play a role in lessening various menopause symptoms.

Although hormone therapy has been proven to be an acceptable method for treatment of menopause-related symptoms for many women, the search for nonpharmacologic treatment options is ongoing, especially for women with certain risk factors and those who are not candidates for hormone therapy.

Specifically, there has been a focus on identifying modifiable lifestyle factors that might prevent or alleviate menopause symptoms, said the study, published in the Menopause: The Journal of the North American Menopause Society.

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Eating fruits and vegetables may also play a role in lessening various menopause symptoms. Pixabay

“This small cross-sectional study provides some preliminary evidence regarding the influence of fruit and vegetable intake on menopause symptoms,” said study researcher Stephanie Faubion from The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) in the US.

NAMS is North America’s leading nonprofit organisation dedicated to promoting the health and quality of life of all women during midlife and beyond through an understanding of menopause and healthy aging.

According to the researchers, previous studies have suggested that dietary factors may play a critical role in estrogen production, metabolism, and consequently, menopause symptoms.

In particular, the consumption of fruits or a Mediterranean-style diet, characterised by a high content of vegetables, fruits, cereals, and nuts, was linked to fewer menopause symptoms and complaints.

This new study goes a step further in looking at specific fruits and vegetables and their effects on various menopause symptoms.

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Citrus fruits, for example, were called out as having an adverse effect on urogenital scores compared with other types of fruits, as were green leafy or dark yellow vegetables compared with other vegetables, they added.

“There is ample evidence that a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables has a beneficial effect on health in a myriad of ways, but additional study is needed to determine whether various menopause symptoms may be affected by dietary choices,” Faubion said. (IANS)